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Flasteel
07-28-2012, 02:23 PM
I was just thinking to myself what the likely resolution to this suddenly nasty Mike Wallace situation will be and I wanted to see the gamut of everyone's thoughts on the subject.

My thinking is that he will either report by Monday or he will be sitting out regular season games and consequently taking his services elsewhere. The barometer for his contract has been laid out by AB's deal and it can't serve as a negotiating point until he reports. It serves no purpose or logic to stay away from camp any longer, unless his ultimate strategy is to play his minimum 6 games and move on outta here.

I'm going to predict he signs his tender on Monday and reports to camp. I hope we can reach a long-term deal with him, but it seems he will have to eat a huge slice of humble pie, if he is to get within range of the team's offer and I'm not so sure he is willing to do that.

As far as ultimate predictions go, I see two possible destinies for Mike Wallace.
1. He signs a long-term deal with the Steelers. This of course allows him to experience several more world championships, paves the way for his eventual hall of fame induction, and sets him up for a life of total fulfillment.

2. He signs on to the highest bidder in the open market after sitting out the first 10 weeks of 2012 and scores a big contract. Unfortunately for Mike, that team happens to be the Cleveland Browns...and the contract embarrassingly enough is for 5 years and $50M. 2012 will prove to be the last time Wallace is affiliated with a winning team during his NFL career. The continual rotation of sub par Browns quarterbacking and nagging injuries robs Wallace of both victories and his numbers. Frustrated, he will eventually force his way out of Cleveland after only 3 seasons, then bounce around a few other losing teams as his speed slowly diminishes to a pedestrian pace. Following his lackluster career, he sinks into depression and consequently sees a way to make more money by blaming it on concussions and he joins the still on-going concussion lawsuit.

So what's it going to be Mike?

What do you guys see happening?

RuthlessBurgher
07-28-2012, 02:34 PM
I predict he signs a long term deal that looks similar to the Antonio Brown deal from the outside...perhaps slightly more overall, but with specific contract language giving him, let's say, double the signing bonus Brown just got and possibly triple the guaranteed money overall, since Mike is a much more proven commodity than Antonio (171 catches for 3206 yards at 18.7 yards per catch and 24 touchdowns in 3 seasons vs. 85 catches for 1275 yards at 15.0 yards per catch and 2 touchdowns in 2 seasons).

The bonuses could be structured similarly to what Ray Rice got (he wanted a Adrian-Peterson-like $100 million contract but didn't get it, just like Wallace supposedly wants a Larry-Fitzgerald-like $100 million contract but won't get it):


Ray Rice 7/16/2012: Signed a five-year, $35 million contract. The deal contains $24 million guaranteed, including a $15 million signing bonus. Another $5 million is available via an escalator clause based on rushing and receiving stats and Baltimore's offensive ranking. 2012: $2 million, 2013: $1 million (+ $7 million option bonus due in March), 2014: $4 million, 2015-2016: $3 million, 2017: Free Agent

http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4645/ray-rice

squidkid
07-28-2012, 02:35 PM
i dont think wallace cares about anything except the money. i should restate that. money is his most important thing.
you dont proclaim yourself the 'young money crew' unless that's what you're all about.
once his vag heals, i think he will sign his tender and report. the steelers will still take the high road and offer him a more than fair deal. the thought of having 8 million a year, with 20 guaranteed, will be too much to resist....because after all, its all about the money for mike.

hawaiiansteel
07-28-2012, 02:40 PM
I predict he signs his RFA tender at some point, plays out the season and then becomes an UFA next season. the Steelers will not franchise tag him and Wallace will get his long-term contract from another team...

Decleater
07-28-2012, 02:48 PM
I don't know anymore -- too much drama, my head hurts. Where's the concussion line start at?

SidSmythe
07-28-2012, 02:54 PM
If this were Madden 13 i'd trade him for Patrick Willis

BradshawsHairdresser
07-28-2012, 04:44 PM
The Steelers find a team that is willing to part with a first-round pick for Wallace. He signs his tender and is dealt away to that team, who will give him the long-term, big money contract he so desires. The Steelers get a chance to grab a future star at a position of need (S, LB) via the draft next spring. Win-win situation for both sides.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
07-28-2012, 05:13 PM
The Steelers find a team that is willing to part with a first-round pick for Wallace. He signs his tender and is dealt away to that team, who will give him the long-term, big money contract he so desires. The Steelers get a chance to grab a future star at a position of need (S, LB) via the draft next spring. Win-win situation for both sides.
As long as it's not the AFC North, or New England. I think Steelers West, or the Jets would be a nice place for him to disappear to.

fezziwig
07-28-2012, 05:21 PM
i say he sits on top of his ego this entire season and we end up getting a number three pick next season for him.

Shawn
07-28-2012, 06:19 PM
I think Wallace will be playing for another team next season.

Sugar
07-28-2012, 06:35 PM
I think Wallace will be playing for another team next season.

It's funny all these commenters on NFL.com that want Wallace on their teams. The biggest requests seem to be coming from Saints fans (probably since Mike is from NO) along with Patriots and Broncos fans.

As if the Saints didn't already have enough Offense.

SteelCrazy
07-28-2012, 10:16 PM
Adam Schefter

3 minutes ago via WhoSay Broadcast.


Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told @Edwerderespn that "Mike Wallace is not available for trade."

https://www.facebook.com/#!/AdamSchefter

Djfan
07-28-2012, 10:47 PM
I would not be adverse to trading him. Too bad he's not available for trade. I don't see this ending well for the relationship that is needed to make a long term run with the B&G. Unless Wallace gives his agent a talking to about changing the approach to this, it will be a debacle.

hawaiiansteel
07-28-2012, 11:29 PM
What the Brown signing means

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012
posted by Dale Lolley

After having Mike Wallace spurn a similar offer, the Steelers signed wide receiver Antonio Brown to a five-year, $42-million contract extension on Friday.

What does this mean for Wallace?

It means that his days with the Steelers are numbered.

After giving Brown a big deal, the Steelers aren't likely to hand out another one at the same position.

So his options now are to report to camp, sign his tender and hope he has another big season, or hold out until there are six games left in the season, report, and become a free agent at the end of the year, hoping that somebody will make him a big offer.

He's got a much better chance of getting a big deal next season if he goes out and tears it up this season than he does if he doesn't play.

Brown's contract also likely means that the Steelers won't use the franchise tag on Wallace, either.

http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/sidelines/